Microsoft is currently testing the new Windows 11 Android Apps support with its insider program. The first preview of its Android support has been released to beta testers. If you would like to get a look at the new feature, simply sign up for the Windows Insider program here.
So how is Microsoft making it possible to run Android apps? It is simply partnering with the Amazon store to get the Android app you need. While in the process, a Windows Subsystem for Android powers the Android apps right there on Windows 11.
It’s also possible to sideload these Android apps alongside your Windows apps. There are currently 50 apps available for this preview, users can also pin them on the Start menu or taskbar.
There were earlier rumours that the new Windows 11 OS will support a native Android emulator for windows as reported by MSpoweruser.
How does Microsft aim to achieve this? To natively run Android through the windows subsystem for Linux. A recent specific entry in the changelog for the latest windows Subsystem for Linux release surfaced.
The changelog has two precise mentions of Android, one emphasizes “fix android emulator window is not movable when no frame” and another that shows “fix android emulator window doesn’t move and crash at minimize”
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Microsoft probably will use emulation in the Windows Subsystem for Linux as an entry for native Android apps to the Microsft store and its next Windows update.
Regardless of the outcome of this new feature, it is still possible to run Andriod apps on Windows through third-party programs or through the Your Phone app and link to Windows.
Bluestacks has made it possible to run Android apps on the previous versions of Windows. Windows 11 now makes it possible to run these apps natively, and a public release won’t be far off.
The possibility, of having Andriod apps featured in the Windows Store opens up so many economic opportunities for app developers and increases their visibility.
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